The Best Art and Design Stores in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Piumi Rajapaksha

If you’re artistically inclined and worried that you will not be able to find art and design supplies in Vietnam, this article is here to put your fears to rest. These art stores have everything a painter, illustrator, or sculptor could possibly need, from basic items to specialty items.

1. The Line of Photocopy Stores on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street


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If you head to Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street in District 3, you will come across many “photocopy” shops that do more than just photocopying. In fact, these shops sell many things related to illustration and painting, and you can find a wide array of markers, pens, and pencils. Unfortunately, you won’t find any large canvases here though, but if you head to Ty Phuoc store, you will be able to find 60x80cm or larger canvases, priced from 50,000 VND (3.00 USD) and upwards. If you wish to buy something larger, just put in the order, and they will be kind enough to make it for you and deliver it, if your order is large enough. If faced with a language barrier, just ask one of the students loitering around the area to help you communicate your needs.

The Stationery Stores on Le Loi Street

If you love making illustrations or writing calligraphy, you will breathe a sigh of relief once you head over to Leo Loi Street in District 1 and come across the numerous stationery stores here. Also conveniently and centrally located, like the photocopy store above, here you will find paper, pens, and calligraphy brushes among many other things. The two main shops to look out for, with a wider array of items than the others, are shop Vu at 47 Le Loi and an unnamed shop at 54 Le Loi.

Vu, 47 Le Loi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

54 Le Loi, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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Ngan Thong Paper Shop on Pasteur Street

For those that love scrapbooking or making cute little crafts for yourself and friends, head over to the paper craft store, Ngan Thong, on Pasteur Street in District 1. You will find two branches of this store—a smaller one located on Le Loi Street and a larger one at Pasteur Street. The one at Pasteur Street is bigger, and you will find more items, such as colorful felt, ornate paper, ribbons, greeting cards, and various knick-knacks. The smaller store has a limited selection of craft material, and most of the space is used to sell art and souvenirs. Either way, there are some great materials that you could use for all kinds of projects—get creative and go crazy!

Ngan Thong, 64 Le Loi Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +84 28 3825 8964

Ngan Thong, 55A Pasteur Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, +848 3821 4575


2. Art Friend


 Art Friend, Ho Chi Minh City
Art Friend is an international chain that has been serving fine art and graphic artists since the early ‘80s. The store, in Ho Chi Minh City, may be a little cramped, as some customers suggest, but it is packed full of art supplies—papers, canvases, paints, inks and sprays, brushes, dry media, markers, pens, etc. You can even find supplies for sculpting. The prices are similar to what you would pay in the United States, as everything here seems to be imported, so you know you are getting quality supplies.

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